The New York Mets reshuffled the catching depth chart ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, activating Thomas Nido from the injured list and designating Gary Sanchez for assignment. Most likely the most notable aspect of these trades is that they make sure that youngster Francisco Alvarez will stay a aspect of the large league roster.
Nido, 29, has been sidelined considering the fact that early May possibly with vision difficulties connected to dry eye syndrome that he believes created as a complication of his previous LASIK eye surgery. He underwent a process that assists preserve his eyes lubricated. “It sort of relieved the eye stress that I had,” Nido told reporters final week, such as MLB.com. “It felt like somebody was pushing on my head. I had a headache for about 72 hours straight.”
Nido appeared in 19 games ahead of becoming shelved, hitting .118/.148/.118 (minus-24 OPS+) with no house runs or added base hits. He was by no means an offensive threat, but it is fair to assume that his vision problems impacted his potential to do harm.
Sanchez (30) appeared in just 3 games with the Mets. He went 1 for six with a run and zero added-base hits. He joined the organization earlier in May possibly following becoming released by the San Francisco Giants. It is unclear regardless of whether he’ll obtain an additional gig in the large leagues or accept a minor league assignment.
Alvarez, 21, hit .253/.316/.506 (124 OPS+) with six house runs in 95 plate appearances. He entered the season ranked as the No. three prospect in the minors by CBS Sports. Alvarez figures to stay the top rated starter with veteran Omar Narvaez out following suffering a calf injury in April.
The Mets will enter Thursday night’s game at 25-25 on the season.
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